Need to back off a bit? Our Gentle Yoga incorporates different styles that reduce strain on the body while gently building strength, stamina, and increasing your range of motion. Some classes are focused on the more therapeutic aspects of the physical practice, while others make use of a chair or other props to work poses that may otherwise be too strenuous. Whether you’re recovering from an injury, or you’ve had a tough day, Gentle Yoga might be just what you need.
This tutorial will give you options to set up props to find a position of comfort and ease while reclining and sitting. Explore breathing techniques that will expand the breath, enhance awareness, strengthen your belly and maybe even expel mucus! We will also play with positions so that you find the movements that get you into the sweet spot of feeling what is accessible now AND moving into possibility. Feel how moving the arms and spine create a balance of flexibility and strength that make more space for the breath and new awareness of and support for your posture. Take what you learn here to the "B" Side and begin to practice these postures and techniques in a fluid moving meditation.
We begin this practice by setting an intention so that each time you get on your mat, you choose how you want to practice and what you want to receive. You will set yourself up with props to support your body for a guided relaxation and body scan. Then you will find a comfortable seated position and move the spine in all directions. This will prepare you for breathing exercises to open the chest and strengthen your core. Over time, these relaxation and simple movement & breathing practices will build resilience and create ease in your body and mind!
Inversions can be safe and fun for almost everyone if you Keep It Simple Silly. This session is a class I teach to Older Adults who have been practicing with me for a while. It is also a great option for beginners or others who want to get upside down AND are not sure if they are ready for it. We will use the wall to build stability and create support for the whole class. And as we move step by step, you may find that this is a practice that you will build up to over time. Or you may go all the way with legs up the wall to give yourself a new view of your practice, yourself and the world around you. Make it yours - that's the yoga!
This post-run stretch class is the perfect complement to a long morning on the trails. We focus on recovery from running, spending time in parasympathetic mode while focusing on elongation and down-regulation.
Who doesn't need more chest opening and more hamstring lengthening? This session does just that, combining beginner backbends with reclining forward bends. It's the perfect pair for improved posture - say that 5x fast! - in ways that are essential for older adults. We take some basic postures, add simple instructions, mixed in with some fun prop variations and we get an invigorating practice that will leave you feeling stronger, longer and more resilient!
Old age ain't for sissies - and neither is this seniors yoga class. We keep it simple and take it slow as we use props to strengthen the shoulders and open the chest. We modify "fierce" pose, aka chair, to give feedback and build more strength so that you will feel absolutely fierce in warrior 1, gracefully stepping up your practice as you step into your strength. This is a great session to reduce poor posture and build your vitality!
This class is designed for older adults and it's also great for anyone who wants a simple - not easy! - practice to improve balance. Moving with balance and grace is also simple but not easy. Feel the fluidity and grace of your breath. Find the inner poise and calm of a smooth steady breath. And know that with practice, moving on the breath will give you a greater sense of balance, poise and grace. Acknowledge that balancing poses are hard and be gentle with yourself - this is the true meaning of grace!
Perfect for days when you just want to relax, open, connect to your breath, and let it go. Maybe you have insomnia, are recovering from a cold, or just need something nurturing, yet deep. This is for you. Props aren't required, but a couple of blocks, a bolster and/or a strap might be nice.
This class is full of suggestions for avoiding and working around knee pain in your yoga practice. Injuries can become a frustration and can keep us away from our practice, so this class aims to give tools and suggestions for continuing to practice yoga even with knee injuries or issues.
This practice is a gentle practice which I used to re-connect with my body during recovery from a chronic illness. The poses move gently on the breath without long holds. The focus is on feeling good in body, mind, and spirit. The class ends with legs up the wall pose, a gentle inversion that soothes the entire body.